Of ‘ground-lifts’ and the speaker showroom!

Once you’ve been on the road long enough with a band, there are very few things that can really shock you! and the sound system set-up at the IIT Guwahati was one such thing which blew the living daylights out of us!

Over the years (this is after I joined the band .. I’m sure Raghu has been through much worse!) we have played on a really wide ‘variety’ or sound systems and dealt with some real characters in the business. But nothing could have prepared us for what we were to witness there.

The show which was supposed to be indoor was moved outdoor because a ‘better’ sound system was set up outdoor. Now being the good south Indian boys that we are, playing in the Guwahati temperatures was itself quite a daunting task but imagine our surprise when we got there and we saw this …

or to give more perspective …

This was basically, every speaker and speaker like device that the sound guy could lay his hands on put together and neatly assembled like they were Lego blocks or the brick game that we all play! All of this was fed by Ahuja amplifiers and the parametric EQ which Nitin saw and described as a perfect ‘V’. This looked like one of the aisles of a really funky audio equipment store!

Now, the students at the IIT had done a splendid job of taking care of the band and ensuring everything was top notch for us, but because of the sound guy screwing up, were on their way to having their reputation torn apart. Nitin completely saved the day for the band, and without him present, it would have been a completely different story I would be telling here!

There was also this really funny story where Nitin asked the sound guy to press the ‘Ground Lift‘ switch on the DI box, where Nitin in Hindi said “Thoda uspe ground lift kar dena” and the sound guy promptly lifted the DI box up off the ground waiting for some magic to happen! (Well .. it is funny if you get the concept of ground lift!) … NO .. I won’t explain it!

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5 Responses to “Of ‘ground-lifts’ and the speaker showroom!”

  1. 1 virtuabhi
    February 12, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Hey! I am from IIT Guwahati, we are really sorry for the mismanagement. (though a few reasons can be given location, laziness…)

  2. 2 virtuabhi
    February 12, 2008 at 3:23 am

    Hey! I am from IIT Guwahati and we are sorry for the mismanagement (though a few reasons can be given location, laziness..)

  3. February 12, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Hey! well I don’t know if it was your fault as much as it was the sound guy’s fault … but all is well that ends well! Glad you guys enjoyed the show!

  4. 4 Aish
    February 16, 2008 at 1:52 pm


    I apologise for the bad sound during the show.

    Firstly, the location shifting : I shifted the show outdoors coz the indoor auditorium din’t have suitable sound equipments(DI’s etc.), as mentioned by the band, which I came to know at the 11th hour (courtesy: IITG admin, since the audi was inaugurated during the fest, admin kept saying that they’ll provide us the complete installed thing which din’t happen till last. I was helpless there.)
    Now regarding the inadequacy in outdoor sound… Since I got to know about this not-so-good shifting news 24 hours before the show, I din’t have any option left but to beg in front of my “oh-so-f**ing-resourceful” sound technician..my saviour at the moment! Now the problem with this guy is that he has an amazingly slow processing speed πŸ˜‰ which can get anyone crazy(just imagine my condition)..but anyhow, this messiah of mine managed some odd 10k watts n other stuff at the last moment.
    To tell you the fact, in a region like this, this was the best sound guy I could find till date. I know it sucks, but its the truth. Although in this particular case, the sound system was inadequate more due to 11th hour thingie. Had you stayed for other nites, u’d have found a much better system, though not perfect one.

    Anyways, I thank you all for understanding the whole situation and being supportive throughout and hats off to Nitin for working it out! It was simply an awesome show.
    I hope to see you again in IIT Guwahati very soon, with better planning. πŸ™‚

  5. February 16, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Hey Aish!

    It was totally understandable and the fact that you got us there to play itself was quite a cool compliment to the band! We loved the stay there and would definitely love to come back and play. The show itself was a lot of fun for us and it left a very good feeling when we were done! So its all good!

    Now send us all the pictures and the videos that you took that day!

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